Shoot Down US Drones If It Enters Airspace: Pak Air Chief

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Islamabad: Pakistan Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman said on Thursday that if an American drone was to enter Pakistan’s airspace, it would be shot down.

In his address at the Air University, Sohail Aman said that Pakistan would shoot down an American drone if it ventured into its own airspace. However, he said that a military confrontation with the United States was not in the interest of Pakistan.

The announcement was made public about two weeks after a US drone strike targeted a militant compound in Pakistan’s tribal region near the Afghan border, killing three militants.
Pakistan had always condemned drone strikes on its soil but had never said they would shoot down the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). “We will not allow anyone to violate our airspace.

I have ordered PAF to shoot down drones, including those of the US, if they enter our airspace, violating the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman told an audience in Islamabad.

The PAF chief also told the gathering that in the attack on Kamra airbase, terrorists managed to completely destroy one PAF Saab plane and inflict considerable damage on another.

“You cannot impose the democracy of your choosing on any country,” he said. “We are making weapons of our own after not getting them from the United States,” he added. He further said that Pakistan was making fighter jets that could function without pilots.